Colour Coding

COLOUR CODED SACK HOLDERS: DOMESTIC & CLINICAL WASTE BINS

Here at EHPL we offer the option of having our Bins colour coded to match an existing or new Waste Stream. There are large savings that can be made especially for NHS Hospital Trusts looking to implement HTM 07-01 as you can see if you visit our “Case Studies page”.

We recommend that the Bins body is coloured White as we also offer a lid changing option. This means should your Waste Stream or Bins use change in the future rather than replace the bin(s) you can simply replace the lid(s) – visit our Lid Changing page here further details on this service.

Colour Availability Body Lid
Premium Metal Range Sack Holders White, Black, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Tiger (Yellow/Black Strip), Red, Blue & Mushroom White, Black, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Tiger (Yellow/Black Strip), Red, Blue & Mushroom
Ultimate Plastic Sack Holders White Only White, Black, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Tiger (Yellow/Black Strip), Red, Blue & Mushroom

 

Other colouring is available upon request for the Premium Metal and the Ultimate Plastic lids but this is at extra cost above the standard colours list above. Below is the up to date colour coding guidance for HTM 07-01 (current as of 2012)

Colour Description
Yellow Waste which requires disposal by incineration Indicative treatment/disposal required is incineration in a suitably permitted or licensed facility.
Orange Waste which may be “treated” Indicative treatment/disposal required is to be “rendered safe” in a suitably permitted or licensed facility, usually alternative treatment plants (ATPs). However this waste may also be disposed of by incineration.
Purple Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste Indicative treatment/disposal required is incineration in a suitably permitted or licensed facility.
Yellow/black Offensive/hygiene waste* Indicative treatment/disposal required is landfill or municipal incineration/energy from waste at a suitably permitted or licensed facility.
Red Anatomical waste for incineration1 Indicative treatment/disposal required is incineration in a suitably permitted facility.
Black Domestic (municipal) waste Minimum treatment/disposal required is landfill, municipal incineration/energy from waste or other municipal waste treatment process at a suitably permitted or licensed facility. Recyclable components should be removed through segregation. Clear/opaque receptacles may also be used for domestic waste.
Blue Medicinal waste for incineration1 Indicative treatment/disposal required is incineration in a suitably permitted facility.
white Amalgam waste For recovery

 

Clinical Waste Regulations, Hospital Waste Management & HTM 07-01 Safe management of healthcare waste

In terms of Hospital Waste Management, Environmental Hygiene Products was the first company to introduce the full range of colour coding required by HTM 07-01 and completed the first full replacement programme within an NHS Acute Trust. Our product specialists can advise on what bins are required for what purpose and can also carry out NHS accredited Healthcare Waste Audits. Furthermore we work with the approved suppliers of waste sacks to ensure that the sacks supplied to Trusts match the bins in terms of size and ease of installation and emptying.

We have worked closely on many occasions with various companies and NHS trusts that have current Waste Steam or are introducing new one. We offer various services that help with hospital waste management and achieving HTM 07-01 (now known as the “Safe management of healthcare waste”:

  • Hospital Bin Audit
  • Colour Coded Bins to meet HTM 07-01 colours
  • Lid Labelling

The “Health Technical Memorandum 07-01:Safe Management of Healthcare Waste” from the UK Government has been superseded by version 2.0 called “Safe management of healthcare waste”. These are Government guidelines to best practice guide hospital waste management. EHPL assisted in the review of HTM07-01 at the consultation draft stage.

EHPL’s managing director, explains “We were asked to comment on the changes that were being proposed. To be honest, most of them made sense and were just an extension of what has become best practice in the industry since the original HTM was introduce five years ago. “As we now know, the main changes that waste managers in the NHS have to look out for are the new colour coded waste streams. “It’s fair to say that the first reaction throughout the NHS will probably be ‘why the changes’ in the same way as the orange and ‘tiger stripe’ streams were greeted in 2006.

However, by implementing the changes into hospital waste management, large cost savings can be achieved along with some other less obvious but just as important benefits. ”EHPL’s bin and sackholder system is manufactured entirely
in the UK and has been developed to meet the needs of the healthcare market over the last 24 years. We recommend fully enclosed
sack holders with white bodies and colour coded lids. The hospital bins are available in both powder coated steel and fire retardant plastic designs. “With regard to the bins we recommend, we’ve been effectively future proofing our products for at least ten years now, ”EHPLs Director, “By recommending white bodied bins with coloured lids, if the waste stream colour changes or is expanded and subdivided as will be the case with the new HTM, all our clients have to do is change lids, not all their bins.

HTM 07-01 Safe management of healthcare waste implementation at Hampstead NHS Trust

This procedure can save a substantial amount of money and has now been utilised by a number of our customers.” One example is The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. In early 2010, the trust faced having to replace over 1,500 bins to meet the requirements of HTM 07-01. Outlining the changeover, Dave Reavy, the trust’s logistics manager, explained: “We spoke to EHPL about what could have been a large order for new bins but they turned it down. They told us that we only needed to change the lids. “Until they told us, we didn’t realise we could. From what could have been a £200,000 spend we moved to around £70,000 for the whole project.” More on these can be found on our “Case Studies”.

HTM 07-01 Safe management of healthcare waste implementation at Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS have also implemented a HTM system using EHP bins after a successful Waste Segregation pilot “We’ve saved £92,000 in clinical waste in the first year. The business case had a two-year payback and we’re on course to achieve that in 18 months.” Pauline Lewin, the trust’s director of estates and facilities.“ For me it’s all been about improving quality, reducing risk, reducing costs, and improving the environment, and the staff have embraced the changes.” More on these can be found on our “Case Studies”.

Common Colour coding for waste disposal in the NHS

All pictures below are White Body – this is recommended by EHPL as our sack holder lids can be changed should the use of the sack holder change and require a different colour. The sack holder bodies can be coloured to any standard colour at no extra cost if you wish the whole bin to be coloured.

 

Standard Medical Waste Bin (Standard white lid for own labelling or Amalgam waste for recovery)

Clinical Waste Bin (Yellow lid for waste incineration)

 

 

 

Clinical Waste Bin (Orange lid for waste treatment)

Offensive Waste Bin (Tiger Stripe Lid for deep landfill waste)

Standard Medical Waste Bin (Standard white lid for own labelling or Amalgam waste for recovery)

 

 

Tiger Stripe/Yellow & Black Lid  (Offensive waste for deep landfill – lid only)

Purple Lid – Cytotoxic waste

White Lid (Standard white for own labelling or Amalgam waste For recovery)

 

 

Domestic Waste Bin (Black lid)

Clinical Waste Bin (Orange lid for waste treatment)

 

 

 

 

Further sack holder information on Hospital Waste Management

The UK’s Waste bin and Sackholder Colour Coding Guide can be found here: http://ehpl.net/colour-coding
For our full range of sack holders please click here: “Products”
The full HTM 07-01 Document can be downloaded from here: “Safe management of healthcare waste 2.0 (formerly Health Technical Memorandum HTM 07-01)”
If you are interested in implementing HTM07-01 or a new Waste management system and are interested in our products and advice please “contact us”

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